Got Fish? Fishing Charters Along The Grand Strand

It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really.

But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them.

While staying at your vacation rental at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek!) will be swimming right below your feet while experienced guides walk you through the basics, all the way up to advanced technique. They know all the best spots and the tried-and-true tricks, so all you have to do is show up. And have fun.

Who to try in or near the South Strand? Read on.

Carolina Guide Service: Customization is the key to Carolina Guide Service’s operation, which will work with you to find the best spot to get the fish of choice for your outing. Locations vary but most fishing is done in calm, shallow water and always with land in sight — and with a USCG-certified captain helming your vessel. They provide everything — from rods and tackle to an ice-filled cooler — but you’re in charge of smart sun gear and your own food and drink. They’ll pick you up at one of several area ramps, depending on tides and weather, and prices start at $400 for a four-hour trip. They’re great with kids and have excellent specialized local fishing knowledge. They are based in Pawleys Island.

Barrier Island Guide Service: We love this fully licensed and certified crew if you’re trying to please a variety of folks: some may be more into the fishing, others a little less so. You’ll get it all with Barrier Island, whose trips may also include shelling, birding, dolphin watching, island hopping and lighthouse visiting. This will always go over well with the kids, as does the captain’s patience with learning little ones … and larger first-timers, too. Four-hour fishing trips start at $350 (for two anglers), and the eco-tours go for the same price (for four boaters). Large groups can be accommodated for additional fees. As is the case with most area charters, these folks know their stuff and are committed to ensuring you have a fantastic experience. They are also based in Pawleys Island.

Critter Gitter Fishing Charters: Care to venture a little farther out to sea? Based in nearby Georgetown, the creatively named Critter Gitter outfit is primed and ready to take you to the gorgeous Gulf Stream, more than 50 miles from shore. There the more elusive dolphin, tuna and billfish are swimming under the big, radar-equipped boat you’ll call home for the day. This option affords some luxury, given their new Wellcraft 330 Coastal is outfitted with a bathroom and an air-conditioned salon area. Off-shore adventures are full-day affairs, but half-day inshore trips and bottom fishing excursions are also available. You bring food, drink and personal items, and they’ll take care of the rest. Prices and scheduling upon request, so contact licensed and certified Captain Max here.

Other recommended spots include:

Try Inshore Xtreme for fishing with a side of local love. Take a traditional fishing charter or instead spend a day boating to and from Charleston. Rates are competitive and staff is wonderful, with kids especially.

Georgetown Charters is beloved for successful outings, friendly service and diverse fishing options — think jetty, inshore, near shore or flats. They also have a number of different fishing vessels to further customize your trip.

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